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Report: 45 percent of uninsured Kansans qualify for assistance

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 10:51 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 5:16 p.m.

Of roughly 369,000 uninsured in Kansas, 45 percent are eligible for financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The report provides estimates on the number of people affected by the Affordable Care Act. The impact of the federal law varies based on whether states chose to expand Medicaid programs.

Because Kansas did not expand Medicaid, eligibility for nondisabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 38 percent of the poverty level, or about $9,000 a year for a family of four, according to the report. Adults without dependent children remain ineligible regardless of income.

Of all uninsured Kansans, 30 percent are eligible for premium tax credits in the new federally run marketplace. The report estimates that 11 percent of the uninsured are Medicaid-eligible children, and 4 percent are Medicaid-eligible adults.

About 78,000 uninsured adults – or 21 percent of the uninsured in Kansas – fall into the Medicaid coverage gap. Those in the gap make too much to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for subsidies on the federally run marketplace, according to the report. Those in the gap will most likely remain uninsured, because they do not have an affordable option, the report says.

Additionally, uninsured illegal immigrants make up about 10 percent of all nonelderly uninsured Kansans. Illegal immigrants are ineligible for financial assistance under the health law and will not be able to purchase coverage on the marketplace, according to the report.

To view the report, visit www.kff.org/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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